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 Post subject: Re: Tweaks: The Thread
PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2020 5:21 pm 
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Welllllll.... Katharine did a dumb, dumb thing. (I posted here because it's slightly tweak-related, though I'll start a new thread if you think I need to.)

I've got a Walton I love and was my first whistle and has been my primary no matter what I've played since. Early on I stuffed the head with blu-tack and it worked great for stabilizing the second octave.

Well, I lived in Thailand and its humidity for a while, the blu-tack got sort of gross, and now I'm finally getting around to replacing it. I pried the old stuff out, tried a music rehearsal without it and found the first octave weak (which actually seems odd to me as I doubt the whistle was like that when I got it, so I may have other things going on in there too that I can't see), so knew that yep, I was putting in new blu-tack.

Which I just tried to do. It was going swimmingly... until. I put a dowel down the head to make sure the blu-tack was well-packed. I don't feel like I even pushed that hard, but... crack. That narrow wall at the back of the windway (that makes up the front part of the void I just filled with blu-tack) appears to have cracked away. Of course it's hard to tell for certain, since it's hard to see in there, but I assume that's what happened. I slid something through there to remove the pieces.

The whistle still plays a bit, sort of. I assume the blu-tack is, to an extent, making up that space that the plastic created (but of course not doing a very good job, being blu-tack and not hard plastic). Again, the playing is very weak and breathy. But I don't think there's anything I can do to fix it (unless one of you who is wiser in the ways of whistles and windways knows something I don't), right?

*sigh* I'm really broken up about this. I love this whistle. (I know, it's cheap and I can get a new one. Still. I'm fond of *this* whistle, and I'm angry at myself that I've ruined a whole whistle over a tiny bit of plastic, and a stupid repair, and not realizing that little pressure would have catastrophic consequences. Also, I am supposed to play whistle at church tomorrow. I can play my Impempe instead, but I can't hit the third-octave D on that whistle which means I'll need to change what I was going to do for one of the tunes we're playing, and this annoys me. Naturally a few months ago I gave away my other two high D whistles to a friend who's learning to play. And of course, now is not really the time to have to order a new whistle, either as I assume stock may be limited and shipping will be slow...)

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2020 6:21 pm 
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Damn that sucks! Have you tried oxxooo for 3rd octave D on the Impempe? On some whistles that works better than oxxxxx. Just as an emergency solution.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2020 1:19 pm 
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Katharine wrote:
I can play my Impempe instead, but I can't hit the third-octave D on that whistle

Just a thought: what fingering are you using for third octave D? Have you tried OXX OOO ?

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2020 2:46 pm 
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Sedi wrote:
Damn that sucks! Have you tried oxxooo for 3rd octave D on the Impempe? On some whistles that works better than oxxxxx. Just as an emergency solution.


Unfortunately I've found on either whistle that oxxooo just sounds like I'm trying to do a strangled C natural, lol. I figured it out, but I have to overblow quite a bit and make sure the stream of air is super-narrow (I've always had a harder time with the upper octaves on this whistle). Not super-happy with the result, but over the rest of our instruments it will probably sound okay.

If the Walton is truly dead, I guess it becomes a "quiet practice" whistle. Then I need to decide what to replace it with. Another Walton would be welcome, if it has the same sound. I wish I could try out a few other brands to decide just for the hell of it as there are a few I've always wanted to play with. (And it would be a good excuse to get a Freeman Bluebird, which I rather enjoy the sound of-- at least in other people's hands-- only-- this is not the time since Jerry isn't selling whistles right now.)

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2020 1:50 pm 
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Are drones whistles added to the (main) whistle counted as 'tweaks', or would that be a completely different topic? I've played twin-bore, so to speak for over 20 years, and its a really great sound, albeit much more suitable for some genres of music than others. There's rather an art to making it work though; I'm happy to share :)


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